FFVII Remake’s poor PC performance might be because it’s a debug build

After over a year and a half of waiting, Final Fantasy VII Remake is finally out on PC as an Epic Games Store exclusive – but players aren’t happy, with many reporting poor performance, stuttering, and the lack of graphics options. Worse still, modders digging into the port’s files have found that Square Enix seems to have released a debug build.

It’s long been rumoured that the Final Fantasy VII Remake would come to PC, so there was much rejoicing from fans when it was finally announced at the Game Awards last week for a surprise release on December 16. However, beyond the tough hardware requirements and ridiculously inflated price point, the celebration turned sour when players discovered how the port ran.

As Digital Foundry’s Alex Battaglia calls it, Final Fantasy VII Remake “is literally the worst AAA release I have seen on PC in a good long time”. Massive stuttering issues, framerate drops, and the lack of crucial graphics settings like anti-aliasing or toggles for pretty much any option to improve performance all mar the experience.

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Original source: https://www.pcgamesn.com/final-fantasy-7-remake/pc-performance-debug